I've got a PC that I built and has been running Win XP SP2 with no issues for about a year or so. The other day, I went to reboot, and now I've got nothing. There was nothing irregular about the reboot. It was a standard Windows controlled shutdown and reboot.
So on boot-up, you don't even get through POST. It says
"Award Boot Block BIOS v.10" and then lists a major BIOS issue and asks for a floppy.
So, I figure somehow the BIOS got erased and all I need is a flash program and a copy of the BIOS and a bootable floppy. Easy fixin' right?
Yeah I thought that too. So I boot into DOS and get the flash program loaded. When I load attempt to load the BIOS program, it says it not any newer than what's currently loaded so the BIOS blocker says it can't be updated. And since I can't get into the BIOS, I can't shut the BIOS update block program OFF. Catch 22....
So, where do I go from here? I need a better flash program or a more updated BIOS for the motherboard.
Here's the link to what I downloaded.
It's a zip file with the flash loader and the .BIN file for the BIOS.
First thing the problem only with O.S(as per your statement - proper shutdown and restart). Your O S afftected by virus. you must format the full harddisk(all partions) and reinstall your O S. BIOS File always having the .ROM extention file, not BIN file. Pls reset the BIOS using the clear cmos jumper or removing the CMOS battery from motherboard.*****severe virus attack. Dont try to backup****
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Try to remove the battery from the MB, and next time you try to install WIN XP, when you are asked how to format your drive, chose quick NTFS formatting; disable floppy drive in BIOS, because it might try to boot from it (and I suppose you don't have one), and in boot sequence (BOOT DEVICE PRIORITY) set cd-dvd as first, and HDD as second, and turn off any other device as bootable
In the BIOS, set the memory speed to the highest CAS and lowest speed. Make sure FSB and memory timing are asynchronous so you can slow the memory. Turn off interleave, etc... Is your memory mismatched? Use one stick, and pick the best one. Try a different one. Almost guarantee it is a memory issue of some sort.
Hi niket_shah, sorry but you're board Asus M2N-MX, does support Win XP SP2.
Chances are that while installing windows updates one or more updates failed. People like myself know from repairing PC's which updates need to be installed first. If you're Win XP SP2 did not or would not install than either the Win CD is not a valid Microsoft Win XP SP2 CD or (You have a copy) & there is something wrong with the CD. After a fresh (New install) of Win XP with SP2 there is more than 90+ updates for SP2 which must be downloaded through windows update program. Or you're windows will not function properly.
Just to show you what versions of windows the M2N-MX board does support. Click the link listed below. Once the link loads click the + sign next to Audio. Scroll down the page an notice the different Window version listed for you're board. http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?modelname=M2N-MX&SLanguage=en-us
To recap this issue. The problem is either the WinCD or possibly you're hard drive. Make sure you allow windows to perform a full format before installing window. (Not a quick format).